Edward Norton Revisits the Decision to Not Play The Hulk in THE AVENGERS

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Remember when we first got word that Edward Norton would not be reprising his role as The Hulk in The Avengers?  It wasn’t pretty.  When the news dropped, it was being reported that Norton wanted in, but Marvel wanted someone with a lower price tag.  However, when Marvel reps chimed in, they claimed that they passed on Norton because they needed someone who “embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members,” essentially accusing Norton of not being a team player.  Shortly after, Norton’s agent fired back claiming that Marvel’s statement was a “purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light.”  Soon thereafter, Norton took the more righteous route by posting a sincere thank you to Marvel and to the fans who supported his run as Bruce Banner.

Four years later, Norton’s got an outstanding new feature on his resume that could score him an Oscar nomination, but The Hulk talk still rages on.  Hit the jump to find out what Norton had to say about ditching the role.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer to Air During Next Week’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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If you caught tonight’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you already know the big news; ABC will air the very first teaser trailer for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron during next week’s episode.

Be sure to tune in to ABC on Tuesday, October 28th at 9pm ET/PT for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2, episode 6, “A Fractured House,” to catch the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer reveal.  Hopefully the promo will hit the web immediately after and make its way into theaters next weekend as well.  Hit the jump for more on the film.  Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives on May 1, 2015.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON to Mark Marvel’s Highest VFX Shot Count

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According to Marvel’s VP of Visual Effects and Post-Production, Victoria Alonso, Captain America: The Winter Solider had 2,500 VFX shots and Guardians of the Galaxy came in with 2,750.  You know how many Avengers: Age of Ultron may have?  More than 3,000, making it Marvel’s largest VFX count to date.  In order to make that happen, the studio will likely have to team up with seven to 12 VFX vendors in five to seven different countries.

Hit the jump for more on the Age of Ultron post-production process and Alonso’s thoughts on the new bill to increase tax incentives for filming in California.

AVENGERS 3 Might Hold Back Most Popular Characters for Future Film

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Occasionally, I have to remind myself that Marvel doesn’t play by conventional wisdom.  Conventional wisdom states that if you have three Avengers movies, then the current Avengers—Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Hulk—must appear in all three; it’s right there in the title even though in the comics, the Avengers have a rotating membership.

Last week, we reported the rumor that Marvel might be splitting Avengers 3 into two parts, although we didn’t know if it was a single story split across two movies or if one part would bring the Avengers into a much larger world that could bring in the Guardians of the Galaxy and/or other characters.  It turns out this rumor may not have been too far off the mark because some of the most popular Avengers might be benched for Avengers 3 so they can play in a follow-up of epic proportions.  Hit the jump for more.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-Ray and DVD to Arrive December 9th; Will Include Exclusive Look at AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Eager to watch Guardians of the Galaxy as much as you want?  You’ve only got two more months to go because come December 9th, the film will be available to own.  A Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray and DVD option recently became available for pre-order on Amazon and now Marvel Entertainment has unveiled what you’ll get in addition to the film if you purchase either of them.

If December 9th is too far down the line, you’ll also have the option to buy the film on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 18th.  Hit the jump for more on the Guardians of the Galaxy special features menu.  Guardians is currently the top grossing film of the year having accumulated over $320 million at the domestic box office.  The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Now Has an Official Synopsis, Check Out the Film’s Plot

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Even though I think Guardians of the Galaxy trumped 2012′s Avengers in overall quality, I wouldn’t count the supremely talented Joss Whedon out in terms of one-upping it in the Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’s certainly not lacking in ability and, if this synopsis is any indication (and one assumes that it is), Age of Ultron will be insanely eventful.  It also looks like it corrects the original film’s first act issues.

“When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.”  Hit the jump to check out the full synopsis.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie SmuldersJames Spader, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Poster Reveals the Look of The Vision

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After Guardians of the Galaxy set a new marker in terms of quality for Marvel movies (it’s heads and tails better than The Avengers in my opinion),  Avengers: Age of Ultron has its work cut out for it.  Still, I imagine that writer/director Joss Whedon is up for the challenge.  The footage Marvel showed at the San Diego Comic-Con was apparently a step up in terms of cinematic scope, and I think Whedon will make a point to avoid the first act sluggishness that plagued the first film.

In terms of reveals, we saw Hawkeye’s new outfit a couple of weeks ago, and today we have a look at how The Vision will appear in the film.  Paul Bettany will be playing him, in case you forgot (he’ll still be tackling Jarvis as well I imagine).  Hit the jump to check out The Vision.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames Spader, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Play SHIELD vs. HYDRA to Enter to Win Tickets to AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Premiere

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Do you have any interest in scoring a ticket to the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere?  Of course you do!  And the best part is, all you’ve got to do is play a game in order to have a chance to win.  It’s called SHIELD vs. HYDRA.  First, you get sorted into a group based on your personality, S.H.I.E.L.D. or Hydra, and then you get access to weekly missions.  The more missions you complete, the more chances you’ve got to win one of two grand prizes, premiere tickets for a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and then premiere tickets for a member of Hydra.

The SHIELD vs. HYDRA website goes live today, so hit the jump to get all details on what you can expect, how to win the premiere tickets and learn about other opportunities to snag some Marvel prizes.

Chris Hemsworth Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Joss Whedon’s Banter, Bringing in Quicksilver, and When He Shoots THOR 3

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After the epic Marvel panel this past Saturday at the San Diego Comic-Con, Steve was able to speak with several cast members of the upcoming Avengers: Age of UltronChris Hemsworth is one of the more integral performers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, anchoring the Thor franchise and playing a key role in the Avengers, so naturally he was on the list.

After the footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron brought the house down (by all accounts) in Hall H, Steve caught up with Hemsworth to talk about the film’s balance of action with writer/director Joss Whedon’s patented banter.  He also addresses Ultron’s impact on the story, what it’s like having Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the fold and when he’s shooting Thor 3.  Hit the jump for our Comic-Con interview with Chris Hemsworth.

Comic-Con: Footage from Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Panel Featuring Robert Downey Jr. and the Cast, with Special Appearance by Josh Brolin

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While I’d bet that you’ve already caught up on Matt’s Avengers: Age of Ultron panel recap from Comic-Con, now you can watch the panel for yourself thanks to newly released footage.  Let me tell you up front that, no, you won’t be getting a glimpse of the movie scenes we described for you in the recap, but you will get to see Chris Hardwick moderate a panel that included Kevin FeigeRobert Downey Jr.Jeremy RennerMark RuffaloChris HemsworthCobie SmuldersSamuel L. JacksonChris EvansAaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth OlsenPaul Bettany, and James Spader.  As if that weren’t enough star-power on display, the voice of Thanos himself, Josh Brolin, stole the show at the very end.

Also starring Scarlett JohanssonAndy SerkisHayley AtwellDon Cheadle, and Thomas KrestchmannAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the panel footage.

Paul Bettany Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, The Vision, His Powers and Abilities, His Relationship to The Avengers, and More

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I never thought I’d see one actor play two characters within the cinematic Marvel universe, but if anyone can do it, Paul Bettany can.  As the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s constant AI companion since the first Iron Man film, Bettany is one of the longest standing members of the Marvel crew.  In Avengers: Age of Ultron Bettany steps into the shoes (or cape) of the Vision.  A newly created android who is somehow maybe sort of related to J.A.R.V.I.S. – unsurprisingly they weren’t telling us a whole lot in advance of Marvel’s Hall H panel.

Earlier today at Comic-Con I sat down for a group interview with Bettany about the Vision Age of Ultron.  He walked up to the table, pretending to read a message on his phone intently, “I’m just looking up something.  Yep, I can’t say anything.”  And while he remained pretty tight-lipped, dodging many questions with clever quips, he did talk about Joss Whedon’s passion for all things Marvel, James Spader’s Ultron, Vision’s abilities and powers, his relationship with the Avengers, his genitals (seriously), and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Releases Hulk and Thor Concept Art to Complete the Avengers Team Poster

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San Diego Comic-Con continues to be the place for fans of comics and all their various incarnations to celebrate.  Perhaps the biggest project on the horizon for audiences and movie studios alike is Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated superhero sequel.  The studio has been releasing individual concept art character posters over the last couple of days which featured Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch battling the hordes of the robotic menace known as Ultron.  Now, the final two posters featuring Hulk and Thor have been released, and in a move that surprises few, the posters can be combined to show off an epic team battle.  Hit the jump to take a look at all the concept art released thus far.

Starring Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames Spader, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. 

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art Showcases Scarlet Witch and Iron Man at San Diego Comic-Con

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Hot on the heels of Marvel’s reveal of their Comic-Con exclusive Ant-Man poster come two new examples of concept art for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Andy Park, who created the Ant-Man design, also produced this new look at Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), which debuts alongside an equally impressive Iron Man poster from artist Ryan Meinerding.  It suffices as a tease for what’s sure to be a cavalcade of Marvel goodies at San Diego Comic-Con.

Starring Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames SpaderPaul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to see the full Comic-Con posters and for more on how you can get your own, and click here to see the posters for Black Widow and Captain America.

Robert Downey Jr. Hints at Return for IRON MAN 4

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I’ve never really expected an Iron Man 4, however naive that may seem.  I really, really liked Iron Man 3.  So far, having not yet seen Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s my favorite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  And I had always sort of taken the hint that it was the final Iron Man installment for Robert Downey Jr.  It wrapped up his version of Tony Stark’s arc in a way that felt complete to me.  Also, anyone who’s paying attention knows that, exempting his appearance in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, he might be getting too expensive for Marvel.  Blockbuster dealmaking is a complicated game and once an actor is branded with a successful role it gets extremely expensive to keep them onboard after their initial contract expires.

But Robert Downey Jr. isn’t wiping his hands of a potential Iron Man 4 just yet.  Despite Gwyneth Paltrow’s prognostication that a 4th film isn’t in the cards (and Downey himself seeming noncommittal over a year ago), there still might be another go-around for Marvel and the original Tony Stark.  Hit the jump for more on the potential for Robert Downey Jr. returning to Iron Man 4.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – Andy Serkis Working Closely with Mark Ruffalo for Performance Capture

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Andy Serkis has appeared in some of recent history’s biggest films, though audiences rarely get to see his face.  He turned in an iconic performance as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films, is stealing scenes as Caesar in the new Planet of the Apes films, and even took on one of cinema’s biggest monsters in Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake.  If that wasn’t good enough, Serkis is now working on a pair of highly anticipated films: Star Wars: Episode VII and Avengers: Age of Ultron.  While we don’t know exactly what roles he’ll be performing in either film just yet, Serkis recently commented on the type of work he’ll be doing.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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